2014 Pinot Noir, Quarter Moon Vineyard
Winemaker Notes Perfumed aromatics of red fruit, black pepper and earthy spice set the stage for an expressive palate of bold dark cherry, sweet raspberry and savory notes. Intensely structured with great depth and balance for long-term cellar aging potential.
Winemaking Data Our latest Pinot Noir bottling from Quarter Moon Vineyard was chosen from four distinct blocks that are planted mainly to Calera, clone 90 and 96, along with a smattering of clone 113 and 777. Clusters were hand-sorted in order to choose the best for whole cluster fermentation. The 2014 vintage was 35% whole cluster fermented, lending spice, texture and structure, while 25% of the blend was fermented in oak open-top fermenters for a rounder mouth feel to the finished wine. Gentle punch downs were performed during fermentation until the desired taste and texture was achieved in each tank.
Vintage Notes The 2014 Sonoma Coast growing season began with dry, mild winter conditions until much needed rain arrived in February and March. Bud break and bloom were again early, as in 2012 and 2013. Consistent temperatures during the summer growing months created ideal ripening conditions for an early harvest. Grapes achieved phenomenal fruit character early and their maturation occurred at a steady, even pace for overall consistency. This created intense and concentrated flavors at harvest.
94+ Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
A big, dramatic wine, the Quarter Moon boasts notable palate intensity, superb aromatics and tons of structure. As always, there is considerable depth behind the bold, dark cherry/plum flavors, but what impresses most about the 2014 is its sense of completeness. (Feb. 2016)
92 Points - James Suckling
Bright and fruity with lots of sliced strawberry and cherry aromas and flavors, medium to full body, and a juicy finish. Drink now or hold. (May 2017)
94 Points - Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
From another of the producer’s coastal estate sites, this wine is juicy, spicy and leathery—a celebration of fresh wild strawberries and buzzy acidity. Earth, rose and white pepper flavors add welcome complexity within a tightly woven frame of structure and length. (August 2017)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir from our Quarter Moon Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 2-6, 2014
Aging/Cooperage 13 months in 55% new and 45% two- to three-year-old French oak barrels before bottling.